Club MomMe would not be here today without the support, love and encouragement from two great men – our husbands! As we embarked on the adventure to launch a new business when our little ones were less than six months old, we relied a lot on our husbands for advice, help with our little men, a shoulder to lean on for the hard days and someone to celebrate with on the good days.
Today we celebrate these men, these fathers, on their first father’s day. As our boys were born in the same week a year ago in less than two weeks, our husbands just missed father’s day last year.
They have the unique perspective of being able to celebrate their first father’s day with almost one year of fatherhood under their belts, and they share their wisdom and experiences with us today.
Nathan is Rachel’s husband and dad to Grayson. Joe is Lane’s husband and dad to Harrison.
Nathan – Having Grayson in my life.
Joe – Making Harrison smile.
What were you least prepared for?
Nathan – The time commitment, both physically and mentally. It consumes you.
Joe – How tired I would get chasing him around, and the amount of preparation it takes to go anywhere.
What has surprised you most?
Nathan – Grayson, he surprises me nearly every day. I feel so fortunate to have such an amazing son.
Joe – Seeing how fast Harrison grows(he’s huge) and how quickly he learns things.
If you could go back and tell yourself anything right before you had a baby, what would it be?
Nathan – That I should go out with my guy friends more… because it isn’t happening after.
Joe – Enjoy the quiet while you can.
How has being a dad changed you?
Nathan – I used to be very much a carefree person. Now I am totally over protective and so conscience of every move I make, Rachel makes, Grayson makes, etc..
Joe – I hope it hasn’t changed me too much, but I worry more about safety and things I never thought about before.
What advice would you give new dads?
Nathan – Soak it all in, be patient and level.
Joe – It’s a lot more fun than your friends make it out to be.
Do you have any tips or tricks to share with new dads?
Nathan – Move as close to your in-laws as humanly possible… trust me.
Joe – Remember those old pictures of your parents when they were young and how strange you thought they looked? Well, they didn’t have a clue either and they got through it just fine.
What does fathers day mean to you?
Nathan – Honestly, I think it will mean more to me as my relationship with Grayson evolves and as our family evoles. Right now every day is Father/Son/Mother’s day There is always something new and I appreciate every moment. That said, I am going to use Father’s Day to get breakfast bed.
Joe – Growing up it always meant family barbecues where the Dads all drank more beer than usual. Now that I have a son it reminds me how lucky I was to have a great role model in my dad. That and no diaper changes!